A trick to get access to your fear of enlightenment

enlight's picture

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Evidently, you have a great fear of this enigmatic state called enlightenment, otherwise you would have already picked up one of those countless opportunities to surrender and be already enlightened.

Yet, when you inspect, you can't manage to locate such a gigantic fear. There is some fear of the unknown, there is some fear to lose the known but these are manageable.

So how can you manage to sense the gigantic fear of enlightenment, the fear that prevents you to go forward despite the readiness of all other factors?

It appears that there's a way!

The fear of enlightenment is the same fear you sense before throwing clutter away, especially cloths.

Test it. There is no need for further words.

lilian's picture

For years, when I'm doing

For years, when I'm doing some clutter cleaning I feel as if I try to tear organs from my body and throw them away, I feel as if part of me is being thrown away, I really feel a fear of death. I was always amazed by the disproportion between the act and the acute emotional response and I tried in vain to search for an explanation. This is the first time I come across a good explanation. I can relate to that and I'm going to use these opportunities to process the fear of enlightenment, as hard as it is.

lilian | Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:44
nancy pro's picture

Great trick

Great trick. It is also, by the way, the famous fear of death. This is not some yet another theory that says something like "your fear of enlightenment is fear of extinction, of death" etc. It is something you can directly experience using the above technique.

Thank you enlight, I love your insights so much.

nancy pro | Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:44
solomon's picture

Another instance of that same fear/pain

You can encounter this very same fear when you are observing emotions and body sensations (like in Vipassana):

After you accept and observe a certain sensation/emotion, you have to switch your attention away from it (called "exit" / "leave it aside" / "forget" / "throw away") - see http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/dangeous-pitfall-accept-observe-do-not-dwe... and http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/fresh-restart-brave-new-world - When you try to turn away from the emotion/sensation you find out that it's difficult, that apparently you have developed an attachment to it, that the seperation is painful - this painful feeling that occurs when you try to turn your attention from the emotion/sensation is the very same fear that you are discussing here.

The funny thing is that this difficulty occurs also in the case of observing painful emotions/sensations - after all, it would make sense that our psyche will be more than happy to leave aside painful stuff, well, it doesn't...

solomon | Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:10